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100 Viking swords found in Estonia are the largest discovery to date

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Republication from Norway today

Viking swords in Wikimedia commons

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Scandinavia is an archeological hotspot when it comes to Viking discoveries.

But there’s another Northern European area that has been especially important for Viking finds, too: the Baltic region – and Estonia in particular.

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Kievan Russian warriors, 9th-11th centuries

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A reenactment of an onslaught of Kievan Russian warriors (9th-11th centuries). Reenactors and creators of the weapons, shields, helmets etc, are unknown: kudos to them for their fine work.

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Saxon and Viking reenactment

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A Saxon warrior

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Varangians

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An interesting reenactment of Varangian warriors. Note their full-body mail cuirass. Creator and reenactment group unknown – felicitations on their work.

The term ‘Varangians’ was actually a generic term for the Byzantines, describing

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Mysterious Viking boat graves unearthed in central Norway

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Republication from Norwegian scitech news

The oldest grave is from the 8th century. But why were these two people buried together? (Illustration: Arkikon)

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Two people died roughly 100 years apart. Nevertheless, they were buried together. In boats.

In the second half of the 9th century, an important woman dies at the farm now known as Skeiet at Vinjeøra, in central Norway. Her dress is fastened at the front with two large shell-shaped brooches of gilded bronze along with a crucifix-shaped brooch, made from an Irish harness fitting. She is then placed in a boat, about seven or eight metres long. Grave goods are also buried along with body, including a pearl necklace, two scissors, a spindle whorl– and a cow head.

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